Etsy told to remove 'vile' cards

From BBC - March 14, 2018

"Vile" greeting cards featuring Karen Matthews and Jimmy Savile should be removed from sale, a charity has said.

The NSPCC has described the Mother's Day and Father's Day cards, which are drawn in a cartoon style, as "thoughtless and irresponsible".

Freelance illustrator Samuel Hague, who sells the pieces via online marketplace Etsy, defended his work and said he does "not condone any acts of child abuse whatsoever".

Etsy has been approached for comment.

A Mother's Day card includes a drawing of Karen Matthews alongside the phrase: "Thanks for never hiding me under a bed."

In January 2009, Matthews was jailed for kidnapping her own daughter, Shannon Matthews, in an attempt to claim reward money.

A drawing of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian criminal who imprisoned his own daughter and fathered seven of her children, appears on a Father's Day card, as does prolific sex offender Jimmy Savile.


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